Breast Reduction Surgery
Breast Reduction is an operation for women who want smaller, less heavy, better shaped breasts and for those who would like to lift drooping nipples or reduce large nipples.
Our specialist Plastic Surgeon can:
- Reduce the size of breasts
- Enhance breast shape
- Help improve posture
- Correct asymmetry
How would Breast Reduction benefit me?
Very large breasts are heavy and can impact posture, contribute to neck, back and shoulder pain, prevent women from taking part in various sporting activities and limit styles of clothing worn. If you relate to these issues, then breast reduction surgery could be the answer you are looking for. A breast reduction can result in a sense of freedom at being able to take part in new activities and stand tall with good posture, increasing self-esteem.
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Breast Reduction Surgery Consultation
An initial consultation will give you the opportunity to talk to your Consultant Plastic Surgeon about why you want surgery and what result you would like to achieve. Our surgeon will examine your breasts and skin carefully and may take some photographs. A full medical history will be taken to assess your suitability for surgery and your options will be discussed.
Breast Reduction Procedure
A breast reduction is performed under general anaesthetic and takes approximately two and a half to three hours.
During the procedure incisions are carefully made which normally follow the edge of the areola (the darker skin around the nipple), go vertically down to the fold below the breast and extend in the fold to the inside and outside of the breast. Excess breast tissue is then carefully removed to create the desired size of breast and the nipple is repositioned to define your new profile.
After a breast reduction operation there will be some scarring but this will be minimised as far as possible by our specialist plastic surgeon.
Breast Reduction Recovery and Aftercare
After a breast reduction operation you can usually go home the day after surgery.
An appointment with a nurse will be made around ten days after surgery to check your dressings and wounds. It is important to keep your dressing dry to allow the wounds to heal.
You will be advised to wear a sports bra day and night for 6 weeks to help recovery. Some swelling is normal and will settle over the first few months.
It is usually possible to return to work after the first week or two although if your work involves anything heavy it is advised to avoid this and any sport for six weeks.
Follow up appointments will be scheduled to check on your progress.
The effects of gravity, pregnancy or weight gain can impact the results of breast reduction, however it is usually possible to revise the operation in years to come.
Risks associated with Breast Reduction Surgery
Like all types of surgery, there are some risks associated with breast reduction surgery.
Although the risks are unlikely, it is very important to weigh them up against the benefits of the surgery. A consultation with your surgeon will help you to choose the right procedure and discuss any possible complications.
For further information on the procedure please visit the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) website here.